The Mara Mountain lookout is being restored for recreational activities.

The Mara Mountain lookout is being restored for recreational activities.

Historic lookout restored

Mara Mountain landmark will be used for recreational activities

A North Okanagan landmark is being preserved for future generations.

The Ministry of Forests is restoring the Mara Mountain forest fire lookout to expand local recreation opportunities.

“The restoration of the lookout is creating local jobs, and once it is complete, will further enhance tourism opportunities,” said George Abbott, Shuswap MLA.

Initial restoration and upgrading of the existing lookout structure has begun and is expected to be completed mid-October.

This  restoration has generated significant interest from local community groups and organizations, including the Kingfisher Historical  Society.

The B.C. Forest Service first constructed the Mara lookout in 1925 and the current structure was built in 1950.

It was used by the Forest Service until 1998.

Forest fire lookouts played a role in the early detection of wildfires until they were replaced by new technology, improved public reporting and aerial detection.

Lookouts provide recreation/tourism opportunities year-round with  hiking and ATV use during the summer and cross-country and snowmobile  activities in the winter.